Call for Art

Call For Art

Howland Public Library

150th Anniversary Exhibition 

Open to artists who reside in Dutchess, Orange, and Putnam County, New York. 

Jurors:     Theresa Gooby & Michelle Rivas

Words Unbound 

A celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Howland Public Library. 

The Howland Public Library has evolved and transformed over the past 150 years. To celebrate this milestone, the library is hosting a series of community exhibits. For Words Unbound, the Library is looking for works of art inspired by libraries, literature, the printed word, or physical books. Work can be in any medium including, painting, drawing, collage, photography, textile, and assemblage. Multimedia works that incorporate book pages or books are encouraged. Acceptable works should be 2-dimensional work or 3D work that can be hung on the wall. The exhibition space is in the library’s Community Room which is used by all ages. Work should be suitable for viewing by general audiences. 


Exhibit Dates: October 8th – November 27th

Entries Due: August 15th at 5:30pm

Acceptance Notification Date: No later than September 10th

Accepted artwork delivered to the Howland Public Library: September 25th – October 1st

Opening Reception: Saturday, October 8th, 5-7pm

Work must be picked up: December 2nd – 4th 12-4pm, or by appointment

How to Enter:

Fill out the entry form at

Upload up to 3 images of work that you feel fits the theme. 2-Dimensional or 3D relief work only. 

Images should be in jpeg or png format. Maximum file size 1MB. Name your files as follows: last name + first name + underscore + title.jpg. Example: SmithJohn_MountBeacon.jpg.

For each work, you will be asked to include the following information:

1) the title, 2) medium, 3) size, and 4) date completed. 

The maximum size of physical artwork including the frame is 20” wide. 

Deadline: All entries must be received by Friday, August 15th.

Accepted artists will be notified by September 10th. 

Presentation & Installation: 

  • Only works appropriately prepared for installation will be accepted. 
  • Work must be labeled with the artist’s contact information, the title of the work, medium, and price.
  • All art must be delivered wired “ready to hang.”
  • The library utilizes a hanging system and all works must be wired to work with the system. Please contact the Exhibition Manager for more information. 
  • In the event that any work is delivered without an attached hanging implement, the artist will be contacted and asked to add the hanging hardware to their art. Library staff will not be modifying delivered works for hanging.
  • If any special hardware is needed for hanging, it must be included with work when dropped off, along with hanging instructions. 

We are unable to accept:

  • Work with sawtooth hangers
  • Clip frames with exposed glass edges
  • Sculpture, free-standing or work that requires a pedestal
  • Work that is hung from the ceiling 

Delivery/Pick-up work: Works must be hand-delivered during the specified delivery and pick-up times,September 25th – October 1st, or by appointment. Delivery or pick up of any sold artworks must be arranged by the artists when the work is returned to them at the end of the exhibit. Any work not picked up after 30 days of the exhibition’s closing may become property of the Howland Public Library. 

For works delivered with packing materials, if you would like your packaging returned, please place a name label on every piece of packing material. Artists will be responsible for repacking their own artwork. 

Removing artwork: No artwork may be removed by the artist prior to the conclusion of the exhibition. HPL reserves the right to temporarily remove any piece of work for reasons the organization deems necessary.

Entries for Words Unbound are open to artists 18-years and above. A maximum of three images may be submitted for review. 

Accepted artworks may be for sale. HPL does not handle art sales or take any commission. Any interested buyers will be directed to contact the artists directly to make arrangements. Delivery or pick up of any sold artworks must be arranged by the artists when the work is returned to them at the end of the exhibit. Artists are welcome to make a donation to the library if they choose. 

 All work must be the original work of the artist. We reserve the right to decline any work that is substantially different from the submitted images, does not meet size limitations, is not ready to hang, or is not professionally presented.